It’s usual for me to hear from a client or a potential client that the issues and challenges faced by their executive team are unique.
And to be fair, context is everything in how we lead in organisations. But it’s worth trying to prize apart if the challenges executive teams face really are that different, or if we can find patterns in how good enterprise leadership is done.
So was I delighted to be able to do that in today’s episode with two brilliant chief people, officers who are operating in really different sorts of organisations.
Kate Bishop is the CPO of IFS, a relatively young, high growth Cloud software company that supports organisations who want to differentiate on service. And Jas Sohal the CPO of an NHS organisation that integrates health and care across a population.
So in some ways you’d think they couldn’t be more different and in other ways, we found in this enlivening conversation that some things are very, very similar.
I particularly enjoyed when we talked about the cost-of-living crisis because of course, if you are an Executive leader, then the people in your organisation are grappling with a cost-of-living crisis, a fuel-price crisis this winter.
That issue is going on in the background of your people working and will inevitably have some sort of impact on them. It highlighted for me the importance of every good executive team being tuned in to the issues that are alive in our society that the people in our organisations are grappling.